If you recall, Wendy Williams spoke on R. Kelly and the sex cult allegations against him twice in the past few months. And it has just been revealed that her first comments – when she showed sympathy for R. Kelly and actually broke down in tears crying about R. Kelly – almost got her show cancelled! Advertisers threatened to pull their ads from her show. And in show business, if you don’t have advertisers – you don’t have a show.
So the first time Wendy spoke on the R. Kelly allegations was just days after anti-sexual harassment initiative Time’s Up released a statement calling for radio stations and streaming services to ‘mute R.Kelly.’ That’s when Wendy showed sympathy for R. Kelly while sharing her story about meeting him.
She said “I’m not going to even belabor the point, I know things about R. Kelly that I will take to my grave — unless he tells them.”
Wendy said that when she met privately with R. Kelly no question was off limits and that he had answered everything she asked him, but she had promised him not to reveal the things he said.
But Wendy did to reveal to some, and remind others, that R. Kelly is illiterate, something that R. Kelly has confessed to in numerous interviews in the past.
She said “he can’t read, he can’t write and he can’t add, I won’t tell you about how he maneuvers through the world. I can’t understand not knowing how to read, write, or add and I don’t understand parents who unleash their kids—that’s it,’ she said, and cut herself off before bursting into tears.
It sounded like Wendy blamed the parents for their children ending up being held captive by R. Kelly and that was a big red flag for advertisers, especially in light of the current Time’s Up movement. You can’t blame victims for being held against there will. You just can’t!
And let me just say this, yes – at some point the women did give consent to R. Kelly and agree to be involved with him. But what they’re saying is that they later REVOKED their consent. And did NOT agree to be held captive. That is the issue at hand.
Anyway, after Wendy’s comments blaming the victims, network executives called a meeting asking Wendy to pull back on her on-air support for R. Kelly because they feared that the show could take a major hit from advertisers if she continued to publicly support R. Kelly.
A source told The DailyMail.com that network executives told Wendy “If you lose advertisers over this, it’s going to be a problem. So it’s time to take a different approach to R. Kelly before your talk show is gone and you’re having to go on the road and open up for him.”
Can ya’ll imagine that?
So on a later episode, Wendy switched her stance. This time when discussing the latest lawsuit against R. Kelly for infecting another woman with STDs Wendy said “At this point, what do you say? R. Kelly is apparently guilty of a lot of things. The law just has to catch up to the accusations. You know what I mean? I think more girls will probably come out and tell their stories… I think there will be more.”
Then she added ‘Where are the cops? How long will it take before another young lady comes out and they can ban together and call Gloria Allred or her daughter? R. Kelly, you need to lie on that sword.’
That was the COMPLETE opposite of her initial statements on R. Kelly. And she purposely said that she felt R. Kelly was “guilty of a lot of things” so that she could keep advertisers and ultimately keep her show!
A source told the Daily Mail
Wendy loves her job. She lives to be on TV every day. The last thing she’s going to do is intentionally jeopardize this dream opportunity, not even for R. Kelly.
I don’t blame Wendy for not wanting to lose her job, especially over someone like R. Kelly!
But what do you think? If Wendy really does support R. Kelly personally, should she share that on the show? Or should she continue to refer to him as guilty so that she can keep her show?
Leave a comment and let me know!